Primary Education Specialist  at VSO Tanzania

by Udahiliportal

Primary Education Specialist  

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview
You will be responsible to train, coach and mentor primary school teachers in Raise Income for School Education (RISE2) project on how to deliver participatory teaching methods and develop a number of support materials for class planning that the teachers can use. The volunteer will support teachers on how to develop teaching aids from locally available materials. If you feel that you can contribute to Teachers understand methods and develop teaching materials, this is your role!

Skills, qualifications and experience

  • At least 8 years’ of experience in teaching and education development.
  • Confident in training, communication and presentation with competences in coaching others.
  • Experience of working with Teachers and a keen interest in self progression and that of others.
  • Knowledge/qualifications:
  • Master’s degree or Post-Graduate in education


  • At least 8 years’ experience of school leadership or education management focused on improving language learning outcomes and strengthening school management
  • Fluent English and Good written skills in English
  • Capability to produce accurate, reflective reports with reference to qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Key qualities of relationship-building, adaptability and resilience

  • Building, adoptability and resilience.
  • Ability to work sensitively within a socially strong cultural environment.
  • Able to use own initiative and communicate confidently with a wide range of stakeholders.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in working in a developing country.
  • Experience of in-service training.
  • Previous experience of working in a multicultural setting.
  • Effective communications skills (report writing, verbal).
  • Ability to build capacity (coach/Mentor) of others
  • A self-starter.
  • Previous experience of working in an (I) NGO in a field probably in Education Projects.
  • Previous experience of coaching and capacity building.
  • Previous experience of working in a multi-cultural organization.

NOTE: This is International Volunteer role, NOT for Tanzanians ( Nationals). Dutch Volunteers are highly Encouraged to apply.


As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some fi

VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

Application Closing Date: 10 Dec 2019


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